Obama Asks FCC To Protect Net Neutrality By Reclassifying Internet As Telecommunications Service

Hi everybody.
Every since the Internet was created, it’s been organized around basic principles of
openness, fairness and freedom. There are no gatekeepers deciding which sites
you get to access. There are no toll roads on the information superhighway. This set of principles — the idea of net
neutrality has unleashed the power of the Internet and given innovators the chance to
thrive. Abandoning these principles would threaten
to end the Internet as we know it. That’s why I’m laying out a plan to keep
the Internet free and open. And that’s why I’m urging the Federal Communications Commission
to do everything they can to protect net neutrality for everyone. They should make it clear that
whether you use a computer, phone, or tablet, Internet providers have a legal obligation
not to block or limit your access to a website. Cable companies can’t decide which online
store you can shop at, or which streaming services you can use. And they can’t let
any company pay for priority over its competitors. To put these protections in place, I’m asking
the FCC to reclassify Internet service under title 2 of a law known as the Telecommunications
Act. In plain English, I’m asking them to recognize
that for most americans the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication
and everyday life. The FCC is an independent agency and ultimately
its decision is their’s alone. But the public has already commented nearly four million
times asking the FCC to make sure the consumers, not the cable company, gets to decide which
sites they use. Americans are making their voices heard and
standing up for the principles that make the Internet a powerful force for change. As long as I’m president, that’s what
I’ll be fighting for too.

Danny Hutson

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